Citizens Bank of Kansas is drawn into political dispute via Facebook

WICHITA — A political dispute became a business one for Citizens Bank of Kansas on Monday.

Bank chairman Jane Deterding filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission late last month over Kansans for Responsible Government, Wink Hartman Sr.’s super PAC.

“I just did it individually,” Deterding says. “No covert operation here.”

Nor was there a connection to her family’s bank, she says.

However, State Sen. Michael O’Donnell has found one, and on Monday he used Facebook to share it.

“Ms. Deterding at the Citizens Bank of Kansas filed just completely baseless and false charges against me and Wink Hartman regarding involvement with the Tiahrt campaign,” says O’Donnell, whose Facebook profile picture is of himself with former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.

“I got into politics with Bob Dole, and he taught us to play hard but play fair,” says Deterding, who worked for Dole from 1983 to 1987. “That’s not what’s happening in the Tiahrt campaign.”

Deterding, a friend and supporter of U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, says she believes that Hartman is inappropriately funneling money to the campaign of former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, Pompeo’s opponent in the current 4th District House primary race. She says she believes that O’Donnell, Hartman’s marketing director, is serving as a go-between.

O’Donnell conducted a “poll” related to Deterding.

“Facebook poll: Who banks with Citizens Bank of Kansas? I’ve never come across such unethical leadership in my life,” O’Donnell wrote.

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You don’t say

“You would have to work pretty hard to convince me of that.”

– Rep. Mike Pompeo, who visited a Maize Elementary School third grade class Thursday and asked for ideas for new laws, which prompted one student to say, “No ice cream!”

You don’t say: Our favorites from 2013

Some were newsy, some were shocking, but most were simply fun or funny. Here are some of our favorite “You don’t say” quotes from 2013.

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“I said, ‘You must know a lot of angry people.’ (They) said, ‘I work at Spirit.’”

Best of Times owner Nancy Robinson on a person who bought 10 Dammit Dolls, the soft dolls angry people can safely slam on any surface to blow off steam on bad days

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“My first place that I am not going to get married at is the Grand Chapel.”

– Sedgwick County Chairman Jim Skelton, whose upcoming marriage to Stacy Luke won’t take place at the facility he sued over his daughter’s wedding

“That’s correct, he’s not.”

– Grand Chapel owner Dennis Wilkie, who says Skelton is “a troublemaker, and I just don’t want to deal with troublemakers.”

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“Women pilots don’t land at the wrong airport. We ask for directions!”

– A tweet from Seattle-based pilot Karlene Petitt (‏@KarlenePetitt) about the Dreamlifter incident at Colonel James Jabara Airport

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“Be aware, Boeing, ‘this route has tolls.’ Bring some change.”

– An NPR story that acknowledged a stranded Dreamlifter likely couldn’t be towed from Colonel James Jabara Airport to McConnell Air Force Base but offered a Google map and driving directions anyway

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“I thought I’d get in line right behind him.”

– Outgoing Chamber chairwoman Debbie Gann, who “about choked” at the group’s annual dinner Tuesday when possible mayoral candidate Jeff Turner suggested she would make a great mayor

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“I’m going to drop off a baked bean can and a string tomorrow … so we can chat later in the day.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers co-owner Scott Redler teasing City Council member Pete Meitzner about his antiquated BlackBerry

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“With all the crying and whining in Washington, I’m feeling ready to be a new father come November.”

– Expectant father U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder speaking Friday at the 2013 Congressional Summit at the Hotel at Old Town

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“We know you’re a Democrat.”

– Park City administrator Jack Whitson, teasing the city’s chamber president, registered Republican Dean Frankenbery, about a misprint that said Rep. Mike Pompom, not Pompeo, would be the group’s next speaker

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“I know you are all wondering if that beautiful new red car parked over there is a door prize. It’s not. It’s the speaker’s gift.”

Delta Dental of Kansas vice president of human resources Kara Hunt, speaking at the Chamber’s Sunrise Scrambler about a car that Davis-Moore had at the event

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“I thought that Davis-Moore . . . has been hurting so bad that they needed a sale, so I thought I’d help them out.”

– Car dealer Brandon Steven, joking about why he bought a Viper at his competitor’s dealership

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“I think it’s awesome that he bought himself a nice car.”

– Davis-Moore’s Dawson Grimsley, retorting with a teasing implication that Steven couldn’t find a nice car at his own lot

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“The @WichitaOrpheum could use a little Jesus after @RealTracyMorgan’s performance there. #itwaspurefilth”

— A tweet from comedian Ron Shively, aka @FunnyMrBiggs, after hearing City Life Church is going to rent the Orpheum Theatre every Sunday morning for services

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“Puppies and people all over town are sad today.”

—Accountant David Jabara on the death of Doggy Day Care owner Marilyn Walk

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You don’t say

“We know you’re a Democrat.”

– Park City administrator Jack Whitson, teasing the city’s chamber president, registered Republican Dean Frankenbery, about a misprint that said Rep. Mike Pompom, not Pompeo, would be the group’s next speaker

Former city expediter Curtis Bowen starts CBC Expediting to serve as liaison

WICHITA — After seven years of handling expediting for the city, Curtis Bowen is now heading out on his own to do the same thing.

“I’m not quite completely ramped up,” Bowen says of his new CBC Expediting.

His plan is to help companies get their commercial blueprints to the right place at the city.

“They need someone to be kind of like a liaison between them and the city,” Bowen says. “This works well for out-of-town businesses.”

Often, he says that “they’re working on a wing and a prayer that they get to the right area.”

Bowen worked for the city for a couple of decades, including 14 years as a building inspector.

He says he decided to take a buyout from the city and start his own company.

His office is in 1,300 square feet at 434 N. Ohio, which is where Rep. Mike Pompeo’s Wichita campaign headquarters was.

Bowen says his career is unique.

“Just about every major city has one,” he says of expediters.

He thinks he’s the only one here, though.

“I know I’m the only one because you have to know the city’s system to be one.”

You don’t say

“I apologize for monopolizing the microphone, but I’m the senior senator, so the hell with it.”

– Sen. Pat Roberts during a Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association panel discussion in Wichita Monday that included Sen. Jerry Moran and Reps. Mike Pompeo, Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins

You don’t say

“We’ve got a framed copy of your long-form birth certificate from Hawaii.”

Wichita Aero Club executive director Dave Franson to U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo as Franson presented him with a parting gift (which actually was a Paul Bowen book) for speaking at today’s luncheon

You don’t say

“I’ll take a friend or someone who ‘likes’ me these days.”

– Rep. Mike Pompeo, speaking briefly at the Wichita Aero Club Tuesday on the benefits of Facebook

Equity Financial Center has a few new leases, including Rep. Mike Pompeo’s future office and new Key Management offices

WICHITA — There are a few new leases to report at Equity Financial Center at Kellogg and Rock.

There’s only about 3,000 square feet left to lease in the 100,000-square-foot building.

“That’ll put us at 97 percent occupied,” says Joe Verbeckmoes, who handles leasing for property owner Market Parking Inc.

The leases include:

– Rep. Mike Pompeo’s future office.

The Wichita Republican’s temporary office is in Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s former space at 155 N. Market. As an incoming freshman representative, it was a requirement for Pompeo to locate in that space on a transitional basis.

The new Pompeo office, which will open sometime in March, will be in almost 3,000 square feet.

“It’s a much more cost-effective space for us and the taxpayers,” says Rachel Taylor, director of communications.

Helping the selection, she says, is the building’s free parking and location at what she calls the crossroads of the Fourth Congressional District.

Key Management, which handles multifamily residential and some commercial management, also is moving into the building near the end of March or the first part of April.

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